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A reef manager's guide to coral bleaching

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Title: A reef manager's guide to coral bleaching
Authors: Marshall, P.A.
Schuttenberg, H.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Keywords: Great Barrier Reef (Qld.)-Climate
ASFA Subjects: Climatic changes
Coral reefs
APAIS Subject: Environmental management
Environmental impact
Location: Reef-wide
Category: Leading environmental practice
Climate change
Extreme events
Reef managers
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Series/Report no.: Technical Report Series
Not a policy under s7(4) of the GBRMP Act 1975
Technical Report Series
Abstract: Scientists agree that tropical seas will continue to warm over coming decades, increasing both the probability and severity of mass bleaching events8-11. These scenarios pose particular challenges to coral reef managers, not the least because the main cause of mass coral bleaching–anomalously warm sea temperatures–is largely beyond their control.Yet, managers can play a critical role in helping reefs survive the threat of coral bleaching. Managers are in a unique position to increase our understanding of the phenomenon of coral bleaching, to take meaningful action during a bleaching event, and to develop strategies to support the natural resilience of reefs in the face of long-term changes in climate. Because of increasingly strong collaborations between reef managers and scientists, strategies are being developed to directly address the threat of coral bleaching. Management needs and preliminary strategies were first documented in 2000, when the IUCN published Management of Bleached and Severely Damaged Coral Reefs12. In 2002, the US Coral Reef Task Force called for a collaborative effort to identify actions local managers could take to address the impacts of climate change and mass bleaching on coral reefs. In response, three US government agencies (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of the Interior) convened an international workshop entitled 'Coral Reefs, Climate Change and Coral Bleaching' in June 2003. This workshop significantly advanced thinking about the strategies that could support managers in their efforts to respond to coral bleaching.
ISBN: 9781876945404
Type of document: Report
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